Young Americans [CD/DVD]

Young Americans [CD/DVD]

by David Bowie
     
 

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David Bowie had dropped hints during the Diamond Dogs tour that he was moving toward R&B, but the full-blown blue-eyed soul of Young Americans came as a shock. Surrounding himself with first-rate sessionmen, Bowie comes up with a set of songs that approximate the sound of Philly soul and disco, yet remain detached from theirSee more details below

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David Bowie had dropped hints during the Diamond Dogs tour that he was moving toward R&B, but the full-blown blue-eyed soul of Young Americans came as a shock. Surrounding himself with first-rate sessionmen, Bowie comes up with a set of songs that approximate the sound of Philly soul and disco, yet remain detached from their inspirations; even at his most passionate, Bowie sounds like a commentator, as if the entire album was a genre exercise. Nevertheless, the distance doesn't hurt the album -- it gives the record its own distinctive flavor, and its plastic, robotic soul helped inform generations of synthetic British soul. What does hurt the record is a lack of strong songwriting. "Young Americans" is a masterpiece, and "Fame" has a beat funky enough that James Brown ripped it off, but only a handful of cuts ("Win," "Fascination," "Somebody up There Likes Me") comes close to matching their quality. As a result, Young Americans is more enjoyable as a stylistic adventure than as a substantive record. [In 2007, Young Americans joined the pack of EMI's expanded double-disc reissues of classic Bowie albums. Here, the first disc is devoted to a slightly expanded CD of the original album, while the second is a DVD with bonus video material and surround mixes of the album. Music-wise, there aren't many bonus tracks -- just three, two of them previously released ("John, I'm Only Dancing [Again]," the legendary disco re-recording of the glam classic "Who Can I Be Now?") and a previously unreleased version of "It's Gonna Be Me" containing strings. The DVD contains Bowie's legendary appearance on The Dick Cavett Show from December 1974, containing his interview with Cavett plus performances of "Young Americans" and "1984."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0094635126020
catalogNumber:
512608

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
John Lennon   Guitar,Background Vocals
Earl Slick   Guitar
Luther Vandross   Background Vocals
David Sanborn   Saxophone
Ava Cherry   Background Vocals
Robin Clark   Background Vocals
Carlos Alomar   Guitar
Dennis Davis   Drums
Jeanie Fineberg   Background Vocals
Anthony Hinton   Background Vocals
Jean Millington   Background Vocals
Andy Newmark   Drums
Pablo Rosario   Percussion
Willie Weeks   Bass
Diane Sumler   Background Vocals
Michael Carson   Keyboards
Ralph McDonald   Percussion

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer,Author,Vocal Arrangements
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Luther Vandross   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Carlos Alomar   Composer
Harry Maslin   Producer
Tony Visconti   Producer,Liner Notes,String Arrangements
Eric Stephen Jacobs   Cover Photo
David Buckley   Liner Notes,Sleeve Notes

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